lunes, 30 de abril de 2012

¿Qué le pasó a Nokia?

Aquí el último de reporte de resultados financieros :-( Down, down, down!


1. El desplazamiento del centro de gravedad del crecimiento del negocio celular a India-Asia, y a Smart-landia: otros clientes, otros competidores. Sin duda de esto se trata.

2. Siguiente pregunta: ¿No lo previeron? ¡Imposible que no!

3. Siguiente pregunta: ¿No podían hacer mucho? Mmmmmmmm. Ciertamente Samsung y los fabricantes en China no iban a permitir una entrada fácil de Nokia en sus territorios. Los operadores locales tenían también todos los incentivos para alinearse con los fabricantes locales.

4. En el otro extremo del mundo (del negocio se entiende), Steve Jobs y Apple deciden entrar y quedarse con todo; redefinen el terminal móvil de "gama alta" en la dimensión insospechada hasta esos momentos por todo fabricante.

5. Nokia queda atrapada por una tenaza que aprieta sin compasión. Los consumidores damos la bienvenida a ambos recién llegados. Nada tenemos que reprochar a Nokia, ha sido un excelente fabricante hasta ese momento, pero pareciera que ya nunca más será una opción válida.

Entonces, ¿qué le pasó a Nokia? Lo mismo que a RCA y a Kodak: no supieron ni tuvieron suficiente voluntad de reinventar sus negocios; apostaron porque aún tenían tiempo para pensarlo, y no lo tenían. Que de aquí nadie saque conclusiones sobre cómo manejar bien un negocio: la única, tal vez, que está entre los oficios de mayor riesgo hoy en día :-)

viernes, 27 de abril de 2012

Google ideas :-/ ¿"A por" los límites de la innovación técnica?

Sin palabras. Bueno, una o dos: ¿Es esto una avanzada de la "técnica" que instrumentaliza la política? Sin duda de parte del vacío que es la política hoy, toda ayuda es bienvenida. Pero la técnica, por su parte, podría estar intentando el imposible de morderse la cola: ¿Cómo puede "solucionar" nada más ella en un espacio en dónde sus soluciones son todo lo que hay? :-/


"Google Ideas is a think/do tank that convenes unorthodox stakeholders, commissions research, and seeds initiatives to explore the role that technology can play in tackling some of the toughest human challenges." :-/


Violent extremism is one of the world’s most significant unanswered challenges, from the gangs of San Salvador to the violent Islamist extremists of Quetta to far-right fascists around the world who constitute the violent white power movement.

In the summer of 2011 Google Ideas convened more than 84 former violent extremists—former gang members, former violent religious extremists, former violent right-wing nationalist extremists, and former violent far-right fascists—with victims of terror and gang violence for the Summit Against Violent Extremism (SAVE).

One product to emerge from SAVE was Against Violent Extremism, a network of former violent extremists, survivors of violent extremism, NGOs, academics, think tanks, and private sector executives who share a common goal: to prevent youth from committing violence. Political leaders, journalists, and technology entrepreneurs joined Google Ideas for the summit in Dublin to examine the similarities between violent extremist groups, and how technology could be both part of the problem and part of the solution. Visit YouTube to watch videos from the Summit Against Violent Extremism."

"Illicit Networks

The persistence of illicit networks—including organized crime, narcotics, human trafficking, arms trafficking, terrorism, and cybercrime—affects every country and every demographic. While various illicit networks may differ from each other in terms of the goods they move and the objectives they pursue, their tactics are often remarkably similar.

Illicit networks strive for maximum secrecy and efficiency to evade law enforcement. Despite all of this, most efforts to investigate and intercept illicit networks have been siloed rather than holistic, depriving those who seek to combat them of opportunities to learn from one another.

The increasing ubiquity of connection technologies will both empower those driving illicit networks as well as the citizens seeking to curb them. These networks have been around for centuries, but one thing has changed—the vast majority of people now have a mobile device, empowering citizens with the potential to disrupt the secrecy, discretion, and fear that allow illicit networks to persist. As illicit networks grow in scope and complexity, society’s strategy to reduce their negative impact must draw on the tremendous power of technology."

"Fragile States

Many states that we consider fragile—states that have difficulty enforcing the rule of law and/or delivering basic goods and social services—have experienced an explosion of mobile adoption. We’re examining to what extent can mobile technology be used to address some of the local challenges that the state has been incapable of addressing, such as education, health, and basic humanitarian services.

Challenges in these states are driving a tremendous amount of local innovation that can be scaled and adapted to other countries. Technology will not solve the problem of state fragility, but it can help address some local needs to improve the quality of life for citizens living in these states and perhaps provide solutions that are scalable to other parts of the world."

miércoles, 25 de abril de 2012

The Global Innovation Index 2011 Report

Aquí el reporte completo Extracto introductorio: "As this fourth edition of The Global Innovation Index (GII) 2011 goes to the press in the second quarter of 2011, the global economic recovery is strengthening in most parts of the world. With the global economy forecasted to grow at a rate of more than 4% in 2011, innovation is coming into its own as an essential element of resilience as economies aim to sustain their growth while creating new jobs for their citizens. Since 2007, INSEAD eLab has been producing the GII, recognizing the key role of innovation as a driver of economic growth and prosperity and acknowledging the need for a broad horizontal vision of innovation that is applicable to both developed and emerging economies. A key goal of the GII has been to find metrics and approaches to better capture the richness of innovation in society and go beyond the traditional measures of innovation such as the number of PhDs, research articles produced, research centers created, patents issued, and R&D expenditures." Los 10 primeros:
El 1er latinoamericano y los 10 que le siguen:
Colombia y los 11 que le siguen:

martes, 24 de abril de 2012

Shake it! y Don Jorge: innovación desde Colombia

Una deliciosa malteada combinada ¡con el dulce o el chocolate QUE QUIERAS! (docenas de opciones); leche y helados de gran calidad

Jobs To Be Done: 

El placer de cambiar cada vez 
El placer de las muchas opciones todas deliciosas
El placer de inventar y tener uno su propia receta
El placer del ojo que no acaba de examinar las opciones
El placer de la sorpresa cada vez que se experimenta una nueva combinación :-)

Piso 3, Centro Comercial Avenida Chile, unos pasos al occidente de los cines

viernes, 20 de abril de 2012

An innovator: Linda Rottenberg

Aquí su sitio web

Catalizando el emprendimiento y la innovación en otros

Extracto desde Strategy + Business

And although they often operated as nonprofits,
social entrepreneurs saw themselves as distinct from
traditional nonprofits. “Social entrepreneurs are problem
solvers, not idealists. We’re driven by innovation,
not by charity. And we don’t believe in handouts. We
use entrepreneurial strategies to achieve social change,”
Rottenberg has said.


“Gates really showed that whether entrepreneur
or social entrepreneur, it’s the same type of person, the
same mind-set, the same drive to solve problems,” says
Rottenberg. “After all, the best entrepreneurs aren’t
worried about money or exit strategies. They’re solving
problems. And I think that some of the world’s greatest
problems to be solved aren’t the next microprocessing
chip, but rather what we do about economic development,
healthcare, education, and the environment.”"

Aquí el artículo completo

jueves, 12 de abril de 2012

La "polaroid" reinventada (no por Polaroid por cierto)


It’s a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your photos with friends and family.

"Snap a picture, choose a filter to transform its look and feel, then post to Instagram. Share to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr too – it's as easy as pie. It's photo sharing, reinvented.

Por cierto, ¿te hemos dicho que es gratis?"

¡Y mírese aquí!

"Facebook just shocked Silicon Valley, acquiring the photo-sharing service Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock. The two-year-old company makes photo-sharing applications that allow smartphone users to snap photos in a variety of retro styles and share them with friends on the service, over e-mail, or on a variety of other social networks..."

Jobs To Be Done

"There was no dearth of photo-sharing apps when Kevin Systrom, a former Google product manager, started the company in early 2010, originally targeting and quickly abandoning the check-in field dominated by Foursquare. Sites such as Ofoto, Shutterfly, Yahoo’s Flickr, and Google’s Picasa were firmly entrenched.

But Instagram gave the well-worn photo-sharing concept a half turn, tailoring its service for the limitations of smartphone cameras and mobile networks, and for people’s growing desire to share their pictures. The app was fine-tuned for the iPhone and made it simple to enhance one’s typically lousy cell phone photos by applying a variety of filters that give shots a fresh look. The app also compressed a photo’s digital file to upload it more quickly over limited mobile networks. By early 2011, when Bloomberg Businessweek covered the booming service, the app had been downloaded 1.75 million times. It now has about 15 million users."

miércoles, 11 de abril de 2012

Siri from Apple iPhone 4S - Wow! (o sea ¡Guau! :-)

Aquí en el sitio de Apple

"Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. Siri is so easy to use and does so much, you’ll keep finding more and more ways to use it."

"Talk to Siri as you would to a person. Say something like “Tell my wife I’m running late.” “Remind me to call the vet.” “Any good burger joints around here?” Siri does what you say, finds the information you need, then answers you. It’s like you’re having a conversation with your iPhone."

"Siri not only understands what you say, it’s smart enough to know what you mean. So when you ask “Any good burger joints around here?” Siri will reply “I found a number of burger restaurants near you.” Then you can say “Hmm. How about tacos?” Siri remembers that you just asked about restaurants, so it will look for Mexican restaurants in the neighborhood. And Siri is proactive, so it will question you until it finds what you’re looking for."

martes, 10 de abril de 2012

The frugal innovation

Aquí el artículo completo original en The Economist titulado Asian innovation - Frugal ideas are spreading from East to West

El término FRUGAL resume con fortuna los conceptos de C.K. Prahalad, la base de la pirámide, y de Clayton Christensen, Jobs To Be Done when enough is enough.

Extracto introductorio:

"THE Tata Nano, the world’s cheapest car, became a symbol before the first one rolled off the production line in 2009. The Tata group, India’s most revered conglomerate, hyped it as the embodiment of a revolution. Frugal innovation would put consumer products, of which a $2,000 car was merely a foretaste, within reach of ordinary Indians and Chinese. Asian engineers would reimagine Western products with all the unnecessary frills stripped out. The cost savings would be so huge that frugal ideas would conquer the world. The Nano would herald India’s arrival just as the Toyota once heralded Japan’s."

lunes, 2 de abril de 2012

El fundador de ESPN

Aquí la entrada original desde Knowledge@Wharton

Extracto introductorio:

"When Bill Rasmussen launched ESPN on September 7, 1979, he gave the world its first 24-hour television network and changed the way people viewed both television and sports. A life-long entrepreneur and sports fan, Rasmussen's innovations include the creation of the daily sports news television show "Sports Center," wall-to-wall coverage of NCAA regular-season and March Madness college basketball, and coverage of the College World Series baseball tournament. Two years ago, he authored a book titled, Sports Junkies Rejoice! The Birth of ESPN. Rasmussen recently talked with Knowledge@Wharton about the challenges of founding a 24/7 sports network in the face of nearly universal skepticism, what entrepreneurs need to succeed and why he doesn't ever plan to retire."